Every week, we highlight the very best of new music for your listening pleasure. In no particular order, check out our selection of the best new songs you need to hear featuring music from Wande Coal, MINZ, Choplife Soundsystem, and more.
1. Tudor & Caroline Byrne — Wish I Didn’t Miss You
Accomplished American singer, songwriter, and music producer Caroline Byrne joins forces with UK’s high-profile singer, songwriter, and producer Tudor to release their rendition of Angie Stone’s “Wish I Didn’t Miss You”. Tudor recounts: “The idea was to infuse one of my favorite songs of all time with my own tastes in both world & dance music, whilst trying to maintain the spirit and emotion of the original record. We’re both super proud and humbled the original writers gave this version the green light, and now we’re ready for the world to hear it.” The new single, written by Andrea Martin, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead, and Leon Huff, tells the tale of lost love and the difficulty associated with moving on. Embodied in simple and easy-to-understand lyrics, bouncy beats, alluring vocals, and head-nodding rhythms, this classic rendition is worth paying attention to.
2. Advika — Come Back To Earth
Brilliantly composing a classic new pop tune titled “Come Back to Earth”, American Pop artist Advika’s profound and dreamy voice leaves listeners immersed in a satisfying auditory atmosphere. A proficient singer, songwriter, composer and instrumentalist with many years of experience, Advika’s signature is extremely admirable. The new single’s eloquent lyricism and accurately mixed instrumentation heighten the theme of the song (longing for a lost love). Advika adds: “The lyrics describe the deep anguish of gradual separation in a relationship that once held a promise, watching them slowly detach themselves from each other. One holds onto the promise and hopes that the other comes back. And when they do decide to come back, it’s too late. There is nothing left anymore. The strongest bonds can be ephemeral if not cared for and nurtured. The song’s energy builds throughout, going from a mournful call to a realization of the end.”
3. Wande Coal – Ebelebe (feat. WizKid)
Nigerian Afrobeats legends Wande Coal and WizKid collaborate to release a new groovy and head-nodding gem titled “Ebelebe” which appeals to listeners from vast backgrounds. With lyrics penned down by Wande Coal, WizKid, Joseph Charles and Peace Aderogba, “Ebelebe” centers on infatuation and attraction to a special and distinct girl. Listed from the new album Legend or No Legend (a 13-tracklist of afrobeats goodness), “Ebelebe” is a unique showcase of effortlessly good musical artistry from two powerhouses from the Nigerian music industry.
4. Choplife Soundsystem — Wena (featuring Ami Faku)
Chop Life, Vol. 1: Mzansi Chronicles is a joint project by the widely acknowledged DJ Edu and Nigerian Afrobeats giant Mr Eazi. The new project assembles fresh and intoxicating sounds from Africa. Volume 1 pays homage to South African heritage, composing tunes influenced by the country’s rich culture and beautiful talents. The single “Wena” flaunts dazzling vocals from South African singer and songwriter Ami Faku.
In an interview, Mr Eazi narrates: “Mzansi Chronicles is an ode to the amapiano sound that has been the soundtrack to my parties and me going to clubs.” It’s me working with some of my favourite artists and capturing my interpretation of elements I love from the scene. This is the part of music I presently love the most—which is curating experiences and DJ mixes, I believe African music is going to get to the point where it’s not just [about] the artist, but it’s the music and the total experience.”
5. Minz — WO WO
Multifaceted Nigerian singer and songwriter Minz (Olúwadámilọ́lá Adédọlápọ̀ Amínù) drops a must-hear Afrobeats classic which emanates from an intimate experience. Acknowledging the help of God through difficult moments in his life, Minz showcases his artistry with stunning harmonies coupled with flawless rhythmics and shimmering instrumentals. Minz discloses: “ In this sober moment I’m grateful to my maker for bringing me this far to where I can proudly say I’ve overcome. I don’t take the blessings for granted and I hope to inspire someone who’s in an ugly place in their life that they too can someday look back on these moments with thanksgiving.”